Runestad thanks veterans for their service

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, issued the following statement on Veterans Day to honor the hundreds of thousands of military veterans from Michigan who answered the call and served their nation during peacetime and wartime.

“We observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11 because it is the anniversary of the end of the First World War, which was once called the Great War — a fight for freedom that was supposed to end all wars.

“Unfortunately, the ‘war to end all wars’ did not live up to its promise. Over the last century, Americans have been called upon to fight tyranny and support freedom, and they have answered that call again and again.

“Patriots left their families and put their nation before themselves to ensure that we could live in the land of the free. Whether deployed here at home, or overseas in a hundred different places they never could have named before they were sent off to serve their country, America has a deep and longstanding debt it owes to its veterans.

“Thank you, and God bless you, Michigan veterans and your families, for your service.”